Every American has the democratic right to vote.
Voting helps determine the direction for a country’s healthcare, economy, and local or international policies. The 2020 presidential election in the U.S. was a major media concern.
Elections usually attract heated discussions and debates, but the 2020 U.S. elections were more a buzz due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide.
Although vaccines have recently been found, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus led to a serious pandemic. The virus causes respiratory disease and still lacks targeted treatment.
Despite the pandemic, voters were still able to exercise their voting rights. They cast their ballots in the face of the COVID-pandemic. Therefore, the need for safety goes without saying.
Here’re tips to help female voters to stay sharp, healthy, and ahead of their peers.
Help others become sharp, happy, and healthy
Regular exercise, proper nutrition, and enough rest can help you become sharper, healthier, and happier. The brain is an important organ when it comes to health and wellness.
Develop healthy everyday habits to stay healthy. The brain is connected to all parts of your body and controls all your daily activities such as fitness. Therefore, it requires exercise, attention, and care to function optimally.
As a result, you gain better mental sharpness and prevent memory loss, including specific brain conditions such as dementia.
Spread the word about mental sharpness
Teach everyone the essence of proper brain care and treatment. You can create awareness in many ways, ranging from word of mouth to online campaigns.
Run campaigns on brain health such as the Dana Foundation to support other women throughout the nation and worldwide. This is a great way to keep women aware and informed.
Join the American Brain Foundation to support education and research. The foundation promotes the discovery of causes and cures for brain diseases.
Pay attention to your community
Make sure that people around you, including older adults, know how to care for their brains and why. Show your neighbors how to exercise their minds for everyday brain health.
Visit and talk to your neighbors and community members regularly to help them care for their brains. Engage in conversations, ask questions, brain exercises, play games or discuss childhood stories or current happenings.
Indulge in brain exercises as a group
Practice and exercises train the brain, assisting it to learn better and retain the new things you discover in life. Together with your community members, you can exercise your brains together.
Some brain exercises include:
- A crossword puzzle
- Reading books regularly or joining a book club
- Challenges and activities such as riddles, card games, number games, or word games.
- AARP Brain exercises
- Learn a new hobby or skill such as a language, cooking, lessons, or playing a new instrument.
- A new fact or word
Exercise your body
Swim, jog or walk to increase your heart rate and exercise your body and mind. Blood flow to the brain increases during physical activity, enhancing the connection between various brain cells. Some benefits of exercise include:
- Improved imagination
- Better memory
- Better planning ability
Choose fun indoor or outdoor games to play with your friends or family for physical fitness.
Games such as table tennis or shuffleboard are easy to learn and play. Make sure that the game you pick has a great starter for beginners to ensure that anyone can play it.
Use your brain
Use and stretch your brain to sharpen your memory. Take up mentally challenging activities to stay sharp. They include:
- Listening to the radio
- Reading a book
- Visiting a museum
- Going for a lecture
- Learning a second language
- Playing a fun game
Build your brainpower with a healthy diet
Eat heart- and waistline-healthy foods to prevent obesity and dementia. Some foods that lower blood cholesterol and pressure include:
- Colorful fruits and vegetables
- Grilled or baked foods
- Healthy fats from buts, seeds, nuts, and olives.
These are activities that challenge the brain to think differently. Use your five senses to workout your mind for better learning.
Use a different route to work, your left hand instead of the right hand, and close your eyes to identify food by taste. Mix things up to jog your mind.
The brain’s gray matter area stores and processes information. And, stress can easily hurt this part of the brain, impairing its performance. Minimize stress and stay calm as follows:
- Take deep breaths
- Do yoga
- Listen to your favorite music
- Talk to a friend or loved one – Join a class, volunteer, or call a friend to socialize.
Limit your intake of alcohol or avoid it together. Alcohol doesn’t just impair your movement, speech, judgment, and memory, but also has long-term effects.
Prolonged excessive drinking affects your brain’s frontal lobes, shrinking them over time. This damage is permanent even if you stop drinking. However, a glass of wine for women or two for men is considered healthy.
Listen or dance to your favorite music
Musical experiences improve mental functions such as the ability to plan and memory. Apart from being fun, playing a musical instrument fosters hand coordination and results in clearer thinking.
Train your brain with video games
Playing video games stimulates the brain parts responsible for memory, emotion, motor skills, and planning. Gaming sharpens your mind.
Get enough sleep
Sleep well before learning to focus better and afterward to remember what you’ve learned. Enough sleep improves your mood and memory. With 7 to 9 hours of sleep, your brain’s glymphatic system clears out “junk” or waste from your mind.
Use memory helpers
Boost your memory into old age through:
- Learning new things sequentially
- Use of notifications or the calendar
- Focusing on one task